This is undoubtedly the most eagerly awaited sporting event this year. To call this a clash of giants would be grossly understating things. For both Manchester United and Real Madrid are more than just giants. They are like planets in themselves.The fan following of the two clubs put together equals the total global population less than a quarter of a century ago. Make no mistake about it,this is bigger than the world cup final.
It is difficult to put down all the bits and pieces that makes this match a must watch. The players on display, Ronaldo’s date with his former club, Fergie vs the special one; this one is one UFO landing short of being the most significant event in the Universe. The only downside is that this tie comes too early on in the tournament. Here is a preview of the first leg of the tie to be played tonight.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu,Madrid
TV Times: Ten Action,12.30 a.m. onward
Team, Formation and Tactics
Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho is under tremendous pressure as Real Madrid is effectively out of the La Liga title race. He will be without the experienced Ilker Casillas who is injured, although Lopez has proved to be an able deputy in goal. Tough talking defender Pepeis available for selection while impressive Varane has a chance of starting in defense. Ronaldo and Di Maria will be out to exploit United’s frailty in defense. Alonso and Khedira will take up the defensive midfield position.
Manchester United: Sir Alex’s men have had no issues banging in the goals this season but their defense has been uncharacteristically liberal. United will be looking to nullify the threat posed by Ronaldo and Di Maria and so hardworking wide midfielders will probably be deployed.Rooney and Welbeck are the best options on current form. Kagawa has been in good form for both club and country lately notching up three assists in his last two games and should start against Madrid.